Why Study Science?
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FAMILY ON LAST NIGHT OF VACATION SPEAKS OF STARS & THEN OF HOW STUDY OF SCIENCE CAN HELP SON & DAUGHTER MAKE INTELLIGENT DECISIONS ON PROBLEMS CONFRONTING THEM IN WORLD. NARRATOR SPECIFIES MANY OF OPPORTUNITIES SCIENCE PRESENTS IN PROFESSIONS.
FAMILIES VACATIONS STARS STAR GAZING SCIENCE PROFESSIONS STUDENTS
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
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Subject: Science is good for boys AND girls!
Suddenly, a vaguely recognizable narrator (oh yes! The guy from the beginning of "The Your Name Here Story" and the narrator of "How Much?", also the film producer in "The Vicious Circle") breaks in and begins talking of all the wonderful developments and inventions these kids have ahead of them, if they just keep their heads on straight and study science! As the narrator booms on, we are treated to stock footage shots of airplanes, landmarks, laboratories, factories, and industry. I recognize some of the industry shots from a film Centron produced for the state of Kansas in the '50s to promote tourism in the Sunflower State. (Centron didn't just make educationals, you know). Anyway, the question posed by the film's title is pretty well answered by the end. According to Centron production records, the film was produced by Art Wolf, directed by Herk Harvey, and written by Trudy Travis and Art Wolf, with photography by Norm Stuewe and Maurice Prather and sound and editing by Chuck Lacey and Art Wolf. Dan Palmquist was assistant director. Historically significant, I would recommend this film.
Subject: Dad needs counseling
This may all seem fine, but Dad had this VERY interesting habit of putting his hand down on Sons thigh WAY too much, YIKES!
The film opens with two figures on darkening lake fishing. It then transitions to a big echoy sound stage, where Jack, Betty and their family start to talk about why they should study science. While some the reasons given are still need to emphasized today (to enhance general knowledge, to be able to interact and understand technology), there is also healthy dose of the 1950s ambivilance of science and gender roles. While they are wondering that going to the moon will be in their lifetime (the father wisely predicts "sooner than you think"), they also worry about using science for ill. When Betty questions why should take science courses since she bluntly states that she wants to "hook a man", her mother tries to convince her by saying that science courses will help with meal planing and answering children's questions.
About three-quarters of the way into the film, there is a rather odd shift as Betty and Jack look to the stare at the stars, a narrator kicks in and starts to re-numerate all the reasons. He also pitches in a few enticements ("You get to go on field trips!").
While at times commendable, it's still an artifact of its time.
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